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I don't recall seeing any kind of running board for the Ascent. Running board may reduces Ascent high ground clearance. But I am curious to see how they look.
There's no official add on for the Ascent. Maybe someone else will come out with one.
 

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Oh man, these look great. I had no idea they existed. I was tired of slipping off of the bare door latch so purchased a tire step, but it's more platform / size than I really need.
I almost did the same. This thing is so tiny when folded that it slips into a little velvet faced bag that's small enough to fit into the door-grab area on the passenger doors. I leave one in the bottom cup holder area on the passenger rear door.

I had someone watch me climb up and down it a couple times, and the latch/catch doesn't move at all. Admittedly, I'm not the heaviest (nor the lightest) at 178 pounds.
 

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the way the Ascent's doors are designed I don't think it's possible to add any running boards. It's got a wide outer door making it almost impossible. Maybe a 3rd party mfg will design one someday? but it's still probably not do-able.
 

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I haven’t tried it yet, but I just watched a video where they mentioned that the door sills are positioned so that you can step on them to help reach the roof. I would want some decent protection for the sill before I go standing on it though. May have to look into the sill protector accessories.
 

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Bumping this topic to see if anyone has installed aftermarket running boards? Wife is short so she is looking to add them instead of sliding out of the Ascent.

On the same boat here, looking for running boards.

Romik has the RAL series and it reports it as being compatible with the Outback (closest there is). However, they don't have any videos, or pictures of the brackets, or installation instructions.
They do have a video of installation on a Forester
So I went under my Ascent to look for the mounting spots (after all, they are all using the same platform, mounting holes should be very similar).
I did find the rubber plug from the video in the rear, but the plastic covers are completely different.
There's a promising rubber plug in the front as well, but doesn't look like the Forester brackets would work here.
 

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Running boards for? Are there really that many hot, short, nannies sporting mini skirts driving Ascents?

A running board on lower vehicles like the Ascent are fantastic at getting mud all over your pant legs. The step in height to the Ascent isn’t much. I’m truly baffled by this request.
 

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Also confused, our 4 year old has no issue getting in and out, and it seems like running boards would just add clearance and interference issues. Feels like I'm maybe missing something.
My kid is younger and does need help and I don't off-road, so why is it hard to understand that different people have different needs? I just want a comfortable family vehicle that doesn't require me to pick up my kid every time. My old Traverse had running boards and the kids were able to jump in and out without an adult intervening. I want to do the same with my Ascent, don't care much about clearance.

Running boards for? Are there really that many hot, short, nannies sporting mini skirts driving Ascents?

A running board on lower vehicles like the Ascent are fantastic at getting mud all over your pant legs. The step in height to the Ascent isn’t much. I’m truly baffled by this request.
Right now my kid gets mud everywhere from the neck down, I can deal with my own pants just fine as I've been doing for years. The height on the Ascent is about the same as the Traverse, Atlas, etc. and they both have running boards available from the manufacturer as an option, so there's obviously some smart people that did market research and figured that there's a need for running boards on both those "lower vehicles", especially for little ones. The same demographic is buying the Ascent, so it should be very easy to understand. What should be hard to understand is why off-roaders would buy an Ascent which is a people-hauler (essentially a minivan disguised as SUV). Subaru die-hard fans (those mud-loving people) simply need to accept the fact that the Ascent is for a different demographics. To each his own.
 
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